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Depends on the deal you're able to work out with that photographer / videographer. You'll have to discuss those terms.  Whether you pay for their flight and room and get a discounted package or they pay for their own travel expenses for the opportunity to shoot at a destination wedding. But most will expect you to pay at least a port of their travel costs.

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It is also important to check with the property if you are having the ceremony at a location where the package may include the services of a local photographer.  They often have pre-arranged agreements with local vendors and there could be a fee for not using the one they have contracted with.


In addition, there may be a fee for using an outside vendor - and it may vary depending on whether they are also on the guest list or not (staying at the property vs elsewhere)

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At my resort if they stayed more than 3 nights there was no vendor fee.


I've inquired with a few people in my town and got 3 different answers. Some want their trip paid and work is free. Some want their trip and a spouse paid and work is free. Some want a package paid and they pay their own way. Everyone is different, so you'd have to ask around :)



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Just a word of caution to think about... Even if you aren't exchanging cash (providing room and "board" at an all inclusive for your photographer to shoot your wedding) this is still a transaction in hiring someone to work for you. If your byo photographer is working in Mexico, they are theoretically required to apply for a temporary work permit. Obviously most do not- and never get caught...BUT... I for one would not want to be caught doing something illegal in Mexico (and this qualifies) or be responsible for having a byo photographer detained at the Mexican border because of an arrangement I organized. Not sure how hard it is to get the proper paperwork, but I would add this to your costs as well just to be safe.

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